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    Default I Scored with a Free Bread Machine!

    I have been wanting to try my hand at bread making for a while now so I decided to start off with a free machine and then if I liked it I would by a new one. I posted a request for a machine on Freecycle and I got a response. I went and picked it up today and then found the Manual and Recipe Book online. Woo-Hoo!!


    This weekend I'm gonna try it out.

    I'm wondering - would you all recommend using it for the whole process or just the kneading part and then baking in my oven?

    Thanks!

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    AWESOME! Let's us know how the bread making goes

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    Somewhere around on here I posted a bread machine pizza dough. I got one of those stand mixers and that is what I use now. I use the same recipe though.

    Do you want me to post it here?

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    I like mine baked in the oven.

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    Depends on the bread I am making... sometimes I only kneed it in the machine, but if I am making a herb bread for dinner, I will let the machine do it so I can do what I need to outside of the house

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    I just throw it in the machine set the dial and let it bake til done..

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    Quote Originally Posted by zakity View Post
    Somewhere around on here I posted a bread machine pizza dough. I got one of those stand mixers and that is what I use now. I use the same recipe though.

    Do you want me to post it here?
    Yes, please and thanks for sharing!

    My bread turned out so so on Saturday. I need more practice so it's Breadmaking 201 next Saturday

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    Default Best Bread Machine Bread

    Got this recipe from all recipes.com
    I do it with 2 1/12 cups all pourpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour.
    My gang really like this one.

    INGREDIENTS
    1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    1 (.25 ounce) package bread machine yeast ( I use a pkg of reg yeast)
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    3 cups bread flour
    1 teaspoon salt

    DIRECTIONS
    Place the water, sugar and yeast in the pan of the bread machine. Let the yeast dissolve and foam for 10 minutes. Add the oil, flour and salt to the yeast. Select Basic or White Bread setting, and press Start.
    Last edited by Holly; 04-21-2008 at 07:16 AM.

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    Wow! That is almost identical to the pizza dough recipe I have.

    Pizza dough

    1 cup water (heated for a min in the microwave)
    2 tbsp oil
    1 tsp salt
    3 cups of flour
    2 tsp of yeast (or a packet)

    You put them in the bread machine in that order and set it to dough.

    Notes:
    I have used 1 1/2 tsp of yeast and it came out ok. I have also used it with all whole wheat flour and it comes out fine, just make sure you use the whole tsp of yeast. I have used that dough to make rolls and bread. For bread, I just set it to bake it instead of "dough" it. As for the oil, I have used olive oil and just whatever I had on hand. They all worked fine, but I think I preferred the olive oil the best.

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    Very cool!! I like to make the dough in my bread machine and then bake it in the oven!!

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    Thumbs up FREE and FANTASTIC!

    I am soooo happy for you!!


    I purchased my bread machine for about $120 - 7 years ago. It's still working (I just did a test run yesterday). But I took some time off from making bread- so it's not like it was actually thumping away for 7 years.

    I liked making bread so much that I wanted to try making it by hand... flustered many times and gave up. But just recently I purchased a Cuisinart stand mixer for a steal and use that to knead the dough (and lots of other things too!) ~ then bake a few loaf pans- I like it better. (More on that later)

    What I like about a bread machine:
    1. It's easy. You put in the ingredients- in the order it specifies- push the button and go do something else.
    2. You can use the timer to finish the loaf right when dinner is to be served. (round of applause for you mom!)
    3. The loaves will be pretty consistent. meaning... you're going to get a loaf out no matter how you mess it up.
    4. It introduces the otherwise too busy moms to breadmaking... which might lead to other healthier choices.
    5. You could make dough only - for pizza or calzone
    6. You control the ingredients- no pesticides and preservatives
    7. In your case.... it's free- and that's the best!


    What I didn't like about the bread machine:
    1. It was the same loaf. I mean... the same shape loaf. And mine was an upright loaf- not a horizontal... so it was difficult to make a sandwich with it.
    2. The ingredients had to be put in the order specified... or else. I liked to try different recipes beyond what came with the machine. But, I don't like to waste food either, so.... when it's done... I'm dissapointed at times.
    3. It will only make a 1.5 pound loaf of bread or dough. No double batches. That can be a bit of a time waster if you're into making lots and freezing.


    But all in all... It was a great purchase for me- it helped to realize that I CAN BAKE BREAD! A fundamental thing. That has since developed into really baking my own bread (bought some secondhand bread pans for a $1- you'd be surprised what you can find!)

    Anyway, Congrats on your free find. And HAPPY BAKING!!
    Be sure to look back here at the boards for troubleshooting..... ideas, etc on breadbaking. I discovered lots of help on some of the archives.

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    Whether you do just dough (and finish in the oven) or allow the BM to do it from start to finish is based on my mood and what I want to make. I would not tie myself down to one or the other. The BM is a kitchen too. Take advantage of its multi-functional capabilities.

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